OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 11, 2023 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the Regional Municipality of Halton announced over $45 million in funding to construct 52 affordable housing units in Oakville, Ontario.
The Seniors Supportive Housing at 263 Kerr Street will be a mid-rise 4-storey apartment building with three floors of residential units with 52 units in total, including 22 bachelor units and 30 1-bedroom units and ground floor space for a seniors community hub. The project is for low-income seniors and will provide onsite supportive housing programs and services.
The building includes universal design elements and will be Halton Region's first Passive House certified assisted multi-residential building.
The federal government is providing over $ 9 million through the third round of the Rapid Housing Initiative's (RHI) Cities Stream. Additionally, both the federal and the Ontario governments are jointly investing nearly $12 million through the Canada ? Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI); an initiative of the Canada-Ontario Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy, and the Regional Municipality of Halton provided over $24 million in funding for this project.
RHI provides funding to facilitate the rapid construction of new housing and the acquisition of existing buildings for the purpose of rehabilitation or conversion to permanent affordable housing units. The additional funding for the third round of RHI will be divided into two streams: $1 billion through the Projects Stream and $500 million towards the Cities Stream.
Construction of the project is expected to be completed by Fall 2024.
"The Seniors Supportive Housing at 263 Kerr Street will bring more affordable and supportive housing to seniors' citizens in Oakville who need a stable roof over their heads. The Government of Canada remains committed to working with our partners to develop and implement solutions for those who need it the most. Thanks to this collaborative effort more seniors in Oakville will now have a safe and affordable place they can call home." ? The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
"The investment announced today is improving affordable housing in our region and is facilitating real change for our priority groups that need it most. The Seniors Supportive Housing at 263 Kerr Street project is a result of great partnerships, coming together to respond to housing needs in Oakville, ensuring that every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home." - The Honourable Anita Anand, Member of Parliament for Oakville and President of the Treasury Board
"Today's announcement demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the quality of housing for seniors in Oakville, to improve their lifestyle and well-being within our community. This project will provide much needed housing in the heart of Kerr Village where they can live, shop and play." ? Pam Damoff Member of Parliament for Oakville North?Burlington
"I'm proud to begin this next chapter as Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Our government's policies have delivered historic results in getting more homes built faster and addressing homelessness. Increasing community, affordable, and supportive housing is a critical component of our commitment to build at least 1.5 million new homes by 2031, which will help all Ontarians, especially our most vulnerable, find a home that meets their needs and budget." ? The Honourable Paul Calandra, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
"I'm honoured to be taking on the role of Ontario's Associate Minister of Housing and supporting life-changing initiatives like this one which is creating 52 supportive housing units for seniors in Oakville. Helping people find a home that meets their needs and budget is a top priority for our government." ? The Honourable Rob Flack, Ontario's Associate Minister of Housing
"Strong partnerships at all levels of government are critical to providing more affordable housing as our community continues to grow,Through our Comprehensive Housing Strategy for 2014-2024, we've invested $24.1 million towards the development of the Kerr Street Seniors Supportive Housing project which will provide much needed affordable housing and supports for seniors in our community. Thank you to our Federal and Provincial partners for their combined investment of $21.2 million for this important project." ? Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair
"As Mayor of Oakville and as a Halton Regional Councillor, I take great pride in the substantial commitment made by Halton Region, covering over 50% of the funding for the 52 vital affordable housing units we are announcing today. Canadians expect all levels of government to work together and deliver equitable financial support. By ensuring equal contributions from each level of government, we can increase our collective impact and address the pressing need for more affordable housing." ? Rob Burton, Mayor of Oakville
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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